Three Reports on Cotton
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"Around one in eight people in the world suffer from chronic hunger, 98% of whom live in developing countries. These countries are also home to 99% of the world’s cotton farmers - indicating a clear need for methods of cotton production that better promote food security."
"Contrary to common belief, organic cotton production is economically competitive with its conventional counterpart. A long term study in India recently revealed that, despite lower average yields, net
profits of organic cotton systems are in fact similar, or sometimes better, than those of conventional systems due to the significantly reduced input costs."
Read more at Soil Association Cotton Report
"Cotton faces significant sustainability risks and challenges, not least its reliance on water and the impact of climate change. For every t-shirt made, around 2,700 litres of water is used across the supply chain from farm to fashion, inclusive of water consumed end to end from agricultural processes to Textile processing to convert fibre to final finished product – the same amount of water the average person drinks in three years; it is certainly a thirsty crop."
Read more at Cotton Connect
"The draining of the Aral Sea in Central Asia stands as one of the most damning examples of unsustainable cotton production. The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest inland sea in the world, stretching across an area of 66,000km2. In less than a generation, it has shrunk to 10 percent of its former volume."
Read more at Environmental Justice Foundation